Ben Swift

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Ben Swift
File:Ben Swift TR 2011.jpg
Swift at the 2011 Tour de Romandie.
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Swift
Nickname Swifty
Born (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 33)
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter/Lead out man
Amateur team(s)
1999–? Ashfield RC
? Mossley CRT
? Scunthorpe Poly CC
?–2000 Kinesis
Autumn 2007 100% Me
2007 Barloworld (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2009 Team Katusha
2010– Team Sky
Major wins

Stage races

Tour de Picardie (2010)
Scratch Race World Championships (2012)
European Under-23 Team Pursuit Championships (2007)
Infobox last updated on
12 April 2014

Benjamin "Ben" Swift (born 5 November 1987) is an English professional track and road racing cyclist[1] who rides for Team Sky,[2] and has been with the team since 2010. Swift won the scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.


Swift was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, he began cycling with Mossley CRT aged 12. In 2003, he came second to fellow Olympian Steven Burke in the under 16 national scratch race championship. As a junior rider, Swift competed at the Junior Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the points race, he won two national titles, the junior points race championship in 2004 followed by the junior scratch race in 2005. He also competed in the senior scratch race in 2005, demonstrating his ability by finishing third to take the bronze medal. Swift began competing internationally, winning several madison events. In 2012 he won the World Championship Men's Scratch Race, becoming Great Britain's first ever World Scratch Champion.

Professional career

He made his professional road debut in August 2007 joining Barloworld as a trainee during which time he won the King of the Mountains title in the Tour of Britain.

During 2008 he raced for the British Cycling development team and won his first UCI ranked race. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games road race and at the UCI Road World Championships where he finished fourth in the under 23 race.


After the championships he signed a two-year professional contract with the new Russian Team Katusha.[3]

In 2009 he was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia. Swift finished third in the stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia. He also won a stage of the Tour of Britain. Swift spoke with in 2009, describing himself as "an allrounder, who can do well in the Classics and win stages. 'My weakness is in the time trial. I don't like doing them and I'm not really that good at them.'"[4]

Team Sky

Swift joined the newly formed British-based Team Sky in January 2010. His transfer to Sky from Team Katusha part way through his contract has been instrumental in the Union Cycliste Internationale considering new regulations for the transfer of riders between teams.[5] During his first season with Sky Swift's most significant result came at the Tour de Picardie, at which he won one stage, the general classification, the points classification and best young rider.

File:2011 TOR Sprint.jpg
Swift (leading) at the 2011 Tour de Romandie, where he won the fifth stage.

2011 saw Swift win his first stage of a UCI World Tour race, winning stage two of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Four days later he also won stage six. Swift won Stage 2 of the Tour of California, and took the lead of the race, after Stage 1 was abandoned due to adverse weather.[6] Swift was selected for the Tour de France ahead of Greg Henderson,[7] and finished 6th on Stage 15.[8]

In 2012 Swift focused on track cycling with a view to representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games. On 4 April, Swift won the Scratch Race at the World Championships to take the rainbow jersey. He finished second in the points race, and joined forces with Geraint Thomas to take silver in the madison.

Swift was scheduled to ride the Giro d'Italia, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a broken shoulder in a crash during a training ride the week before.[9] Although he failed to gain selection from the long list for the British Olympic team, he was picked for the Team Sky squad for the Tour of Poland, winning the second and fifth stages, as well as wearing that Tour's red-and-white points classification jersey[10] Swift was selected as Sky's sprinter at the 2012 Vuelta a España, and finished second on Stage 18.

In March 2014, Swift achieved one of his biggest results to date by finishing third in Milan – San Remo.[11] In April 2015, Swift crashed out of the newly created Tour de Yorkshire, injuring his shoulder.[12]

On 19 March 2016, Swift finished second in Milan–San Remo, being narrowly outsrprinted by Arnaud Démare (FDJ).[13]


1st Points race Junior National Track Championships
1st Scratch race Junior National Track Championships
1st Rotterdam Junior 2-day madison
1st Nights 1 & 2
1st Dortmund Under-23 3-day madison
2nd National Team Pursuit Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team Pursuit European Under-23 Track Championships
Giro delle Regioni
1st Final Stage
1st Mountains classification
3rd Milan-Busseto
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Tour of Britain
1st Coppa della Pace
1st GP Coppa Romita
1st Stage 5 Giro della Valle d'Aosta
4th UCI World Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Stage 7 Tour of Britain[14]
2nd Nokere Koerse
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
10th Gran Premio Dell'insubria
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit World Track Championships
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 2 Tour of California
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stages 2 & 6
World Track Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Scratch race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison (with Geraint Thomas)
Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 2 & 5
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
3rd National Time Trial Championships
3rd Trofeo Palma de Mallorca
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
10th Trofeo Campos–Santanyí–Ses Salines
10th RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1a & 1b (TTT)
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
2nd Trofeo Ses Salines
3rd Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
3rd Milan – San Remo
8th Nokere Koerse
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Trofeo Playa de Palma[15]
3rd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
7th Trofeo Santanyi-Ses Salines-Campos
9th International Road Cycling Challenge
9th Japan Cup
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Milan - San Remo
8th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race[16]


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